APNIC Hackathon

The first APNIC Hackathon will be co-located with APRICOT 2018.

What are ‘Hackathons’?

Hackathons (hacking marathons) are events where a group of people work together on a pre-defined set of problems, intensively, for a period of a few days.

Mostly 'hacking' means coding, programming, software development - but there can be other creative activities involved. Although a Hackathon could be competitive, the APNIC Hackathon will be a cooperative/collaborative activity, creating free and open source products.

Hackathons bring together network operators, researchers, designers, students, developers, testers and maybe even experts in other areas (journalists, analysts, activists, lawyers, etc.) who could also contribute through their experience and background, despite of not having technical skills.

Attendance to the first APNIC Hackathon is free but will be limited to 25 participants.

Applications are necessary and open to all. A committee will select the participants based on their skills, diversity and geographic spread. Participants do not need to know a specific programming language or technology, but must bring their own computer to the hackathon.

Key Dates

Applications openWednesday, 6 December 2017
Applications closeFriday, 12 January 2018
Application reviewMonday, 15 - Friday, 19 January 2018
Selected applicants announcedMonday, 22 January 2018

At APRICOT 2018 Kathmandu

Hackathon evening session 19:00 (UTC +8) Friday, 23 February  2018
Hackathon all-day session Saturday, 24 February 2018
Hackathon morning wrap up Sunday, 25 February 2018

Why participate

  • Socialize with other professionals
  • Exchange ideas and points of views about topics related to Internet measurements and Internet infrastructure
  • Learn new skills

Participants will also receive an APNIC Hackathon T-shirt, a certificate of participation and a chance to win assorted prizes. Teams with the most interesting results can also submit their project to the APRICOT PC for a lightning Talk opportunity at the conference.

Who should apply

  • Informatics professionals (Developers, testers, designers, etc.)
  • Telecommunications professionals (Networks/Telecoms engineers, networks administrators/operators, etc.)
  • Researchers working on Internet measurements, networking or similar projects
  • Advanced students of technology degrees

Topic: IPv6

Although it has been more than 20 years since the 'new' version of the Internet Protocol was introduced by the IETF, it has not been fully deployed yet. Different metrics show that many networks are already using IPv6 but still there is work to do.

Participants will identify and help resolve IPv6-related challenges. Some ideas are listed below, although other ideas of projects related to IPv6 are welcome to be considered for this hackathon:

  • IPv6 Measurements (by country, by region, etc.)
    • IPv6 allocations/assignments
    • ASNs announcing IPv6 prefixes
    • Visibility of IPv6 prefixes in the routing system
    • Route objects in IRRs
    • Proportion of RIPE Atlas probes with IPv6
    • Reverse DNS delegations for IPv6 space
  • Comparisons IPv4 vs IPv6
    • Traceroute paths
    • AS paths lengths
    • AS adjacencies
    • Deaggregation
    • BGP stability
    • Reachability of prefixes
  • Different visualizations for metrics
  • Add IPv6 support to libraries or tools
  • Develop tools and software that could help IPv6 deployment

Publishing Projects

Participants must publish the source code they develop during the hackathon on GitHub under an OSI (Open Source Initiative) approved license. GitHub Terms of Service are available here.

In case participants do not have a GitHub account, their developed source code will be published by APNIC under a GPL license.


Vesna ManojlovicCommunity BuilderRIPE NCC
Shaila SharminAssistant ManagerLink3 Technologies Limited
Kabindra ShresthaNetwork DirectorPCH
Indiver BadalSystems ArchitectMavorion Systems
Naveen LakshmanIPv6 ExpertProtocol41 Technology Solutions
Sunny ChendiSenior Advisor Community DevelopmentAPNIC
Anurag BhatiaNetwork ResearcherHurricane Electric

Selected Applicants

First NameLast NameGenderEconomy
Dev NarayanPaudelMaleNepal
Dr. Sudha BhuvaneswariNarayanaswamyFemaleIndia
Harinarayanan KanagasundaramMaleIndia
Kamani*SamarasingheFemaleSri Lanka
Krishna Prasad PokhrelMaleNepal
Md Abdul AwalHaoladerMaleBangladesh
Md. AbdullahAl NaserMaleBangladesh
Muhamad HafiziJalilMaleMalaysia
Muhammad MoinurRahmanMaleBangladesh
Santhosh KumarPalanisamyMaleIndia
Shamiya MizanOmmieFemaleBangladesh
Subhashini Kadurugasyaya FemaleSri Lanka
Ziyam AbdeenMaleSri Lanka

* Offer declined

For more information, contact the Hackathon team at conference@apnic.net

Thanks to the RIPE NCC and Worldlink for their support.

Link to Worldlink website
Link to APNIC Foundation website
Link to ISIF Asia website